Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons Betting Preview/Player Prop
20 October 2021
The 2021-22 NBA season officially began last night, but there is a full slate of games on the schedule for Wednesday. The Detroit Pistons host the Chicago Bulls in one of those matchups, and this is also a big rivalry in the league.
Chicago made some big moves during the offseason, and there is plenty of hype and optimism surrounding the Bulls entering this season. The Bulls went a perfect 4-0 during the preseason portion of the schedule and will be looking to get off to a fast start.
Detroit went 2-2 in the preseason, but there were some bright spots for the Pistons in those games. This is going to be another rebuilding season for Detroit, but they could also be a surprise team in the Eastern Conference.
The Chicago Bulls are five-point favorites over the Detroit Pistons in the NBA season opener.
Bulls Are Going to Score
The Chicago Bulls should be one of the best offensive teams in the NBA this season as they have a ton of scorers on this roster. Chicago was explosive throughout the preseason, and they added a number of pieces that know how to put the ball in the basket.
Zach LaVine is the best player on the Bulls roster, and he could transform into one of the best players in the NBA this season. The additions of Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan not only give the Bulls a veteran presence, but they are great on offense.
Defense could be a problem for the Bulls as there isn’t a true stopper on the inside. Chicago will try to outscore teams all season long, but that is a risky strategy.
Future Starts Now For Pistons
The Detroit Pistons selected Cade Cunningham with the number one overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, and he gives this franchise some hope. Cunningham will not be suiting up in this game, though, and that’s a massive blow to the Pistons.
Killian Hayes and Jerami Grant are expected to suit up for the Pistons, and both players will be offensive leaders on this team. Detroit is going to have to learn how to play together, but there are some terrific individual pieces.
The Pistons are going to have to find a way to slow this game down and get defensive stops if they are going to win.
Bulls Win, Pistons Cover
The Chicago Bulls are going to have a much better season than the Detroit Pistons, but that won’t matter in this one game. Detroit should get a boost from playing in front of their home crowd, and they will be able to keep this game close.
Ultimately, the Bulls will be able to escape Detroit with a win, but that defense could be a big problem as the season moves along. Detroit is going to go through some growing pains this season, but the Pistons have some terrific young talent.
With so much uncertainty surrounding the season opener, going with the home team is the right play. Take the five points and bet on the Detroit Pistons, but it will be the Chicago Bulls that win on opening night.
Zach LaVine (-156) Over 2.5 Made Threes
LaVine has continued to elevate his game since coming to Chicago from Minnesota. In his last three seasons, the 26-year-old shooting guard has seen his season scoring average go up from 23.7 ppg to 25.5 ppg to 27.4 ppg last year.
Along the way, he has developed an outside game that has allowed him to take advantage of the three-point line. In his first season with Chicago, LaVine attempted only 5.1 threes per game and made 1.8 (34.1 shooting percentage).
That has also increased steadily through last year when he attempted 8.2 per game and made 3.4 (41.9 percent). He was especially effective against Detroit as he averaged 3.3 threes on 6.0 attempts (55.6 percent).
No. 7 in scoring last year, LaVine is definitely in the mix the win his first scoring title this season. We’ll look for him to get out of the gate quickly tonight and go over 2.5 made threes (-156) against the Pistons.
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